The Last Supper: The Mafia, the Masons, and the Killing of Roberto Calvi
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This title presents the truth at last about one of the world's great unsolved crimes. The death of Roberto 'God's Banker' Calvi, found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in 1982 days before his bank's collapse, remains one of the most extraordinary crimes of all time. Straight from the dark heart of Italy, it involved dark Masonic rituals, political involvement at the highest level, bizarre forensics, intense mafia involvement, the Vatican, a man on the run, and phenomenal sums of money swirling around. Revealing new sources that speak for the first time, investigative journalist Philip Willan finally uncovers the full truth behind Calvi's death and his last days on the run. Calvi's elimination prevented the world from learning the full truth about the activities of the Masonic sect P2, that secret 'shadow state' whose top-rank membership had been discovered shortly before. Had Calvi's death been investigated properly, Italy government today might have been very different. And the failure to investigate began in England. This true story of a man falling off the precipice is also a shocking political expose.
staggering $2.2 billion in bonds on the American Stock Exchange – not the better-known New York Stock Exchange. The investment had been carried out through a Panamanian company called Hemisphere Entrepreneurs Incorporated on behalf of six parties. Five of these were tentatively identified by Jaimes as: the Opus Dei-linked Spanish sherry magnate Jose Maria Ruiz-Mateos, the Banco Ambrosiano, Roberto Calvi, the IOR, and Opus Dei itself. The sixth, it has been suggested, was Cosa Nostra in
simply have sucked in his stomach and pushed the stone down the front of his trousers. Traces of hydrocarbons compatible with the varnish of a boat had been found in the seat and calf area of Calvi’s trousers, Brinkmann added, indicating that he had probably sat in a boat. There were serious omissions in Professor Simpson’s autopsy, Brinkmann said, to such an extent that he had to wonder whether the autopsy had really been carried out by the eminent pathologist at all. Brinkmann placed the time
that may have put Roberto Calvi’s life at risk. Calvi was doing a favour to his Socialist/P2 friends in BNL and ENI by buying a stake in the financially troubled Capitalfin. In 1974 Capitalfin partnered with a white Russian shipping magnate, Boris Vlasov, to buy control of a British shipping and shipbroking company, Shipping Industrial Holdings (SIH), which numbered Exxon among its favoured customers. Vlasov, who was based in Monte Carlo and had strong ties to the Italian business world, was
305, 311–13 Calvi, Anna 39, 43–6, 50, 61, 224, 225, 226, 230, 234, 251, 257–8, 270 Calvi, Carlo 39, 77, 176, 326, 332, 333 Calvi, Clara 31–2, 36, 38, 40–1, 46–8, 60, 111, 113, 185, 227 Calvi, Giacomo 31, 33 Calvi, Leone 270, 318–19 Calvi, Luciano 38 Calvi, Roberto alleged defection plan 208–9, 336 alleged mistress 204–5 anti-communism 32, 132, 196 art connections 294 autopsies 3, 4, 5, 297, 307–8 background and early life 31–2 and Berlusconi 226, 329–31 blackmail by xxvii, xxxii,
he exuded a pyrotechnical charm,’ Pazienza wrote of that first meeting. ‘The crackling, and unsolicited, assertions about his important connections were not mere boasts but reality.’2 Clara Calvi also recalled that meeting in her unpublished memoir. ‘In that period in Sardinia a strange little man came to meet us, a Sardinian called Flavio Carboni. While we were talking Francesco [Pazienza] played a joke on him: he lifted up a flap of his jacket and there was what he knew he would find: a